German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Red List of Threatened Animals

The Red List of endangered animals of Germany published in 1998 provides Red Lists of all vertebrates and of selected groups of invertebrates. More than 16,000 species (35 %) of about 45,000 native animal species have been assessed with regard to the degree of threat they face (BINOT et al. 1998).

In October 2009 the first volume of the updated version of the Red Lists of the mammals, breeding birds, reptiles, and amphibians as well as the freshwater lampreys and fish has been published. The sea water fish as well as selected groups of invertebrates will be published in the following volumes.

Besides the Red Lists the first volume contains detailed chapters about the methodology and the analysis. The following pie chart shows the distribution of the threat categories (in total and in percent) for all assessed groups of vertebrates.


Current distribution of threat categories

Distribution of threat categories of vertebrate groups assessed in 2009. The pie chart shows the number of taxa as well as the percentage for each Red List category (n = 478). By agreement, neobiota are not included in the analysis.




Distribution of threat categories 1998

Of the groups studied, a total of 40% have been classified into categories 1, 2, 3, G and R. 3% of all species investigated have been ranked extinct or presumably extinct and 3% of animal species have been placed on the watch list.


Last Change: 04/08/2015